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Airmen run to aid wounded warriors

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- Tier II is hosting its second Mud Run noon May 17 here to raise money for service members in the Wounded Warrior Project at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center.

Teams participating in this event will meet at the visitor center parking lot at noon, and teams will be comprised of five members. Registration costs $100 per team and is due to Tech. Sgt. Sarah Withrow, 52nd Aerospace Medicine Squadron and event coordinator, by May 15.

The run raises money for a good cause, and it's a good chance to get out, have fun and build camaraderie, said Staff Sgt. Ryan Santini, a participant of last year's run.

Teams will run a muddy course with obstacles including a low crawl, hill-climb and litter-carry. Teams are required to start and finish together, without the use of electronic devices such as a watch or smart phone, to aid with pacing or judging time.

Participants are asked not to wear Air Force physical training gear. Costumes are encouraged instead.

"Last year, we had some great costumes that added some extra entertainment," Withrow said.

Money raised from the event will be presented to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center wounded warriors during a barbeque hosted for them here May 20.

"This charity is important because these men and women have sacrificed so much, and if we can raise some money to help make their stay more comfortable or provide them with the things they need, then it is the least we can do to say thank you," she said.

According to the Wounded Warrior Project website, the Wounded Warrior Project was founded in 2002 to raise awareness and enlist public aid for the needs of severely injured service men and women, to help severely injured service members aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs,.
For more information about the event, how to volunteer or make a donation, contact Withrow at DSN 452-8363 or 06565-61-8363.